CORINTH – Before our nation’s flag waves proudly to honor our troops, students huddled in their school’s gymnasium to learn the importance of Veterans Day.
“They deserve all that honor in front of the whole school,” said Willie Langley, a fifth-grader.
Educators did this all while honoring those who have served.
“It was our privilege to be able to gather our resources together and teach kids about veterans day, help them in their learning process and to recognize that Monday is not just a day off from school,” said Guidance Counselor Sherry Blanchard.
“It’s truly a day of celebration.”
For the past few weeks, school officials reached out to the community to invite all veterans to a special ceremony.
Students at Central Community Elementary School have been learning about what Veterans Day is and why we honor it. Friday, they had the opportunity to share what they’ve learned.
“The whole main idea of Veterans Day is to respect and feel how the veterans feel of fighting, keeping our country safe, keeping our country a country,” said Shaye Toussaint, a fifth-grader.
Students also gave carnations to veterans as a thank you and to show their respect.
“All these little eyes are staring at you all the time. It means a lot,” said Air Force Veteran Jamie Reynolds. “For them to be able to recognize us and show appreciation for what we’ve done and sacrificed.”
Not only did they have the ceremony, but students also decorated the hallways with bulletin boards to show their support.
“They’re our future. It’s our job to instill in them the values of our future. So it is our honor to be able to do that for them,” Blanchard said.
One student got a special surprise. A message from his father who is currently serving.
“They get to see that we do love and care for them very much whether their families right here with them or afar,” Blanchard said.